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CUSAT CAT Exam Pattern 2023: Tie-breaking Criteria


CUSAT CAT Exam Pattern 2023: The Cochin University of Science and Technology conducts the CUSAT CAT exam and releases the exam pattern on the official website. CUSAT CAT is a state-level entrance examination conducted in the state of Kerala. The exam authorities will soon notify the dates for the conduct of the exam.

The exam is conducted for candidates wishing to be admitted to various undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Kerala. According to the exam pattern, the Common Admission Test consists of Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics/Biology. Each question carries three marks. Furthermore, there is a deduction of one mark for every wrong answer. Read on to find out more.

Latest Updates:
CUSAT CAT Application Form 2023 released
Check CUSAT CAT 2023 important dates (Official Notice Here)

CUSAT CAT 2023 Exam Pattern: Exam Overview

Aspirants can check the exam pattern of CUSAT CAT 2023 before applying for the exam. The exam pattern comprises the number of questions, types of questions, and the total marks of the exam. Read the table below to understand further the pattern of CUSAT CAT 2023

Mode of the examComputer Based Test
Duration3 hours
Types of questionsMultiple Choice Questions
Maximum number of questions250
Maximum marks 750
Exam Duration3 hours
Official Websiteadmissions.cusat.ac.in

CUSAT CAT Paper Pattern

Candidates can check the test-wise CUSAT CAT paper pattern and distribution of marks below:

Test Code 101

ParticularsPaper IPaper II
SubjectsPhysics and Chemistry
Number of Questions100
(Physics – 60
Chemistry – 40)
Duration90 minutes90 minutes
Maximum Marks300 marks300 marks

Test Code 104

ParticularsPaper IPaper II
SubjectsPhysics and Chemistry
Number of Questions100
(Physics – 60
Chemistry – 40)
Duration90 minutes60 minutes
Maximum Marks300 marks210 marks


  • A minimum of 10 marks are to be scored separately for Mathematics and 10 for Physics and Chemistry combined in the CAT examination.
  • This requirement of minimum marks will not apply to candidates from Kerala Scheduled Caste and Kerala Scheduled Tribe communities.

CUSAT CAT 2023 Marking Scheme

Candidates can check the marking scheme for CUSAT CAT 2023 below:

  • For every correct answer, the candidate will be awarded +3 marks.
  • For every wrong answer, 1 mark will be deducted.
  • The candidate will be marked zero for unanswered questions.

Tie-breaking Condition

In case of a tie, the exam authorities will consider the total number of questions correctly answered. Candidates with a higher number of correct answers will get a higher rank. If the tie persists, the marks scored in the individual test will be considered.
As seen in previous years, the exam authorities are found to consider the marks obtained in Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry in order of preference to break the tie. If the tie persists, the authorities break the tie as per the dates of birth of the candidate. In this case, the older candidate gets a higher rank than the younger candidate. The last parameter of breaking the tie is to rank the candidates in alphabetical order.

CUSAT CAT 2023 Syllabus

The CUSAT CAT syllabus is divided into three sections: Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics. The CUSAT CAT is based on Class 11 and 12 syllabi of higher secondary courses.

Preparation Tips for CUSAT CAT

A candidate needs discipline to be followed to prepare well and perform well in the exam. To give the best of their shot, a candidate must follow these basic steps: 

  • The candidate should get familiar with the syllabus and exam pattern of the CUSAT CAT 2023.
  • This helps in planning only selected topics.
  • Preparing timetable benefits in tracing the progress.
  • Arrange or buy the most helpful books for clearing the CUSAT CAT.
  • Outline the study plan accordingly.
  • Practice sample papers and last year’s question papers (if available online).
  • Include small breaks in the study plan.
  • Assess areas of strengths and weaknesses.
  • Candidates should pay more attention to their faults and not forget to practice chapters that are their areas of strength.
  • Take proper rest and sleep at a regular time.
  • Eat healthily and avoid junk food.

You can also check,

CUSAT CAT NotificationCUSAT CAT Cut-off 
CUSAT CAT Previous Year PapersCUSAT CAT Answer Key

FAQs on CUSAT CAT Exam Pattern 2023

The frequently asked questions regarding CUSAT CAT paper pattern 2023 are listed below:

Q. When will CUSAT CAT exam 2023 be conducted?

Ans: The dates for the conduct of the CUSAT CAT 2023 exam will soon be notified by the exam authorities. We will update the dates on our website once it is officially announced.

Q. What is the syllabus for the CUSAT CAT 2023?

Ans: The CUSAT CAT is based on class 11 and 12 syllabi of higher secondary courses.

Q. What is the CUSAT CAT exam pattern for 2023?

Ans: The CUSAT CAT exam will be conducted for 3 hours. There will be a total of 250 MCQs with a maximum mark of 750. Furthermore, 3 marks will be given for every correct answer, and 1 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.

Q. What is the section-wise division for CUSAT CAT 2023?

Ans: CUSAT CAT 2023 is divided into three parts: Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics/Biology.

Q. When is the last date to submit the CUSAT CAT application form 2023?

Ans: The exam authorities will soon notify the dates to submit the application form for CUSAT CAT 2023. As soon as it is officially announced, we will update the dates on our pages.

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